The History of Early English provides an accessible and student-friendly introduction to the history of the English language from its beginnings until the end of the Early Modern English period. Taking an activity-based approach, this text ensures that students learn by engaging with the fascinating evolution of this language rather than simply reading about it.
The History of Early English:
Provides a comprehensive introduction to early, middle and early modern English;
Introduces each language period with a text from writers such as Chaucer and Shakespeare, accompanied by a series of guiding questions and commentaries that will engage readers and give them a flavour of the language of the time;
Features a range of activities that include discussion points, questions, online tasks and preparatory activities that seamlessly take the reader from one chapter to the next;
Is supported by a companion website featuring audio files, further activities and links to online material.
Written by an experienced teacher and author, this book is the essential course textbook for any module on the history of English.
Keith Johnson is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Language Education in the Department of Linguistics and English Language, University of Lancaster
PART A. PRELIMINARIES AND ANCESTRIES 1. HISTORY, AND HISTORICAL CHANGE 2 LANGUAGES AND THEIR DAUGHTERS PART B. OLD ENGLISH 3 OLD ENGLISH: A FIRST LOOK 4 OE WRITING, PRONUNCIATION, AND A DEVIL OF A MOUTHFUL 5. THE OLD ENGLISH WORD-HOARD 6 OE GRAMMAR: A `JUNGLE OF ENDINGS' 7. OE LITERATURE: `A SYZYGY OF DIPODIC HEMISTICHS' PART C. MIDDLE ENGLISH 8. LO, ENGLAND INTO NORMANDY'S HAND 9. `THE ENGLISH TONGUE . . . HONOURABLY ENLARGED AND ADORNED': ME WORDS AND PRAGMATICS 10. `LIGHTER . . . THAN THE OLD AND ANCIENT ENGLISH' 11. ME LITERATURE: INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE `FIELD FULL OF FOLK' PART D. INTERLUDE 12. A SHORT INTERLUDE ABOUT LONG VOWELS: THE GREAT VOWEL SHIFT PART E. EARLY MODERN ENGLISH 13. `MANIE MATTERS OF SINGULAR DISCOURSE': SOME ENGLISH RENAISSANCE HISTORY 14 `WRYTING TREU' AND `SOUNDYING CLEARE': EModE GRAPHOLOGY, SPELLING AND PRONUNCIATION 15 TURNING WATER INTO WINE: RENAISSANCE WORDS 16 `TRUE AND WELL-SPEAKING A LANGUAGE': RENAISSANCE GRAMMAR 17. `I THOU THEE, THOU TRAITOR': SOME RENAISSANCE PRAGMATICS 18 `WELL TURNED, AND TRUE FILED LINES': RENAISSANCE LITERATURE 19. `A SETTLED, CERTAIN AND CORRECTED LANGUAGE': THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY